Memory Education and Research Initiative (MERI)

Updated on 11 November 2021
alzheimer's disease


The MERI program began in 2003 under the direction of Nunzio Pomara, MD and was developed  to offer memory and cognitive evaluations to members of the community at no cost. This program also provides information to the community and health professionals about advances in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and ongoing clinical studies. This study asks: Are the memory evaluation useful for participants and researchers? This study is looking for: People who have memory problems and live in or near Rockland County, New York.


The MERI program provides a comprehensive cognitive evaluation to individuals with memory complaints. The MERI visit consists of medical history review, a neuropsychological evaluation, and a psychiatric evaluation. Participation in the MERI program is free. Upon completion of the evaluation, all assessments are scored and entered into a secure database at NKI.  Results are discussed among the doctors and psychologists in our team.  A summary of this evaluation is mailed to participants within 2 to 3 weeks.  It  contains findings about their general intellectual function, memory, and psychomotor functions as well as comments and recommendations.  A copy of this summary evaluation may also be provided to the participant’s primary care physician, if requested.
Part 1 (Approx. 60-75  mins): Neuropsychological testing for the evaluation of cognition including memory
Part 2 (Approx. 45-60 mins): Detailed review of personal and family health history, as well as a description of any symptoms and progression of memory complaints is performed. The subject’s current medical conditions and medications are reviewed and vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, weight and height) are obtained. A brief screening for psychiatric conditions such as anxiety and depression is also performed. A blood sample for research purposes to identify biomarkers of cognitive function will be obtained.
Part 3 (Approx. 20-30 mins): A psychiatric evaluation by Dr. Pomara. The evaluation will consist of questions about sleep, appetite, overall function, and other psychiatric symptoms.

Condition Family History of Alzheimer’s or Dementia, Dementia, Memory Problems, Alzheimer's Disease, Cognition Problems
Clinical Study IdentifierTX249373
Last Modified on11 November 2021


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